Space News Archive
07 July 2014, 03:07 PM ET
The NASA building where Neil Armstrong stayed — and his lunar landing spacecraft was readied — before launching to the moon 45 years ago this month is being renamed for the late astronaut.
07 July 2014, 02:52 PM ET
An incredibly detailed new map of Mars' southern highlands shows how profoundly liquid water sculpted the region long ago, especially two canyon systems known as Waikato Vallis and Reull Vallis.
07 July 2014, 01:02 PM ET
NASA STEREO-A and STEREO-B solar probes' orbits will take them out of view from Earth at different times in 2015 making communication very difficult.
07 July 2014, 11:44 AM ET
Look up tonight (July 7) to spot Saturn hovering very close to the moon. With its immediately recognizable rings, Saturn might be one of the most striking planets in the solar system, but many skywatchers find it hard to spot the planet in the night sky.
07 July 2014, 09:46 AM ET
NASA's NEOWISE snapped a series of infrared images of C/2012 K1 (aka Pan-STARRS) in May 2014, when the comet was ~143 million miles away. The spiral galaxy, NGC 3726, is 55 million light years away. FULL STORY: http://goo.gl/bzopex
07 July 2014, 07:39 AM ET
Electric-blue noctilucent clouds glimmered in the sky just before dawn when this amazing image was captured.Astrophotographer John McConnell took the photo on June 20, 2014 from Maghaberry, Northern Ireland.
07 July 2014, 07:35 AM ET
'Active SETI' sounds like science fiction, but some astronomers are discussing it seriously today. The idea is a controversial, hot-button issue, with some researchers wary of sending signals out to touch base with intelligent aliens.
06 July 2014, 01:01 PM ET
A colossal but glancing smashup with a roughly Earth-size planet could have stripped away much of proto-Mercury's rocky mantle, explaining why the tiny, sun-scorched world has such a huge iron core today, researchers say.
05 July 2014, 12:16 AM ET
From a stellar womb to a cosmic cannibal, don't miss these amazing space images of the week for July 5, 2014.
04 July 2014, 10:57 PM ET
From the half-lit moon and mars to Jupiter's farewell, don't miss these amazing objects to watch in the night sky.
04 July 2014, 09:00 AM ET
In the universe of Bell's Brewery, Mars is a strong brew, Uranus a crafty potion mix and Mercury a nimble beer. Such is the thinking behind "The Planets" series of beers that Bell's is pioneering this August.
04 July 2014, 09:00 AM ET
The moon and Mars will rendezvous in the night sky Saturday, putting on a spectacular show. Some skywatchers will even see the moon blot out the Red Planet in an event known as an occultation.
04 July 2014, 07:00 AM ET
The subsurface ocean inside Saturn’s largest moon, Titan, could be as salty as any body of water here on Earth, a new study reports. Data collected by NASA's Cassini mission suggests Titan's ocean is as salty as the Dead Sea.
03 July 2014, 05:06 PM ET
While people around the United States are barbecuing, drinking cold beverages and enjoying the summer sun, NASA astronauts on the International Space Station will also get the chance to celebrate the Fourth of July from orbit.
03 July 2014, 04:15 PM ET
The image, taken on Wednesday morning (July 2) by a crewmember of the orbiting lab's current Expedition 40, actually captures Arthur when it was still classified as a tropical storm. (Arthur strengthened to hurricane status early Thursday.)
03 July 2014, 02:58 PM ET
An old NASA spacecraft under the control of a private team fired its thrusters yesterday (July 2) for the first time in a generation. The ISEE-3 probe performed the maneuver to prep for a larger trajectory correction next week.
03 July 2014, 02:01 PM ET
Watching the 'heartbeat' of young stars could help researchers more precisely determine the stars' ages, a new study says, which in turn would help astronomers better understand how stars are born and age.
03 July 2014, 02:01 PM ET
What astronomers thought were a pair of potentially life-friendly alien worlds are illusions, apparitions conjured up by a star's intense magnetic activity, a new study suggests.
03 July 2014, 02:01 PM ET
Astronomers have for the first time detected a rocky alien world in an Earth-like orbit around just one star in a two-star system. The new find suggests that such worlds may be common, researchers say.
03 July 2014, 02:00 PM ET
Researchers have used data from satellites and ground-based observations to study young stars' oscillation. They have determined that the stars pulse faster as they grow older. FULL STORY: http://goo.gl/f9Wg10 Credit: Pieter Degroot (KU Leuven), ESO
03 July 2014, 02:00 PM ET
Turns out that two candidate planets thought to reside in the habitable zone of red dwarf star Gliese 581 are not planets at all. New research by astronomers at Penn State University finds that the signals were just magnetic activity from the star.
03 July 2014, 02:00 PM ET
3000 light-years from us a cold ’terrestrial’ world, about 2x Earth’s mass, orbits one of a pair of stars which, in turn, orbit one another.
03 July 2014, 12:52 PM ET
The NOAA GOES 13 Satellite captured the storm from July 2-3, 2014. It has been declared a category-1 storm and its gaining strength. (video looped)
03 July 2014, 12:10 PM ET
On July 2nd, 2014, the International Space Station flew 260 miles above the storm, which is now a category 1 hurricane. At the time of the fly-over, it was about 100 miles east-northeast of Cape Canaveral, Florida.
03 July 2014, 11:59 AM ET
The European probe is en route to study comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. On June 27-28, 2014, its OSIRIS’ narrow angle camera (NAC) captured the nucleus of the comet rotating at a period of 12.4 hours.
03 July 2014, 10:31 AM ET
For the first time, Space Center Houston is offering a look inside its space shuttle Independence.
03 July 2014, 07:26 AM ET
Despite the summer heat in the Northern Hemisphere, the Earth is actually at its farthest point from the sun today, July 3. Here's how Earth's orbit and its aphelion work.
03 July 2014, 07:23 AM ET
In the wee hours of Friday morning (July 4) Pluto will be opposite the sun in the sky. Called opposition, on Friday at 4 a.m. EDT (0800 GMT), Pluto will rise as the sun sets, and set as the sun rises.
02 July 2014, 04:42 PM ET
Researchers at the University of Michigan have recreated NASA Phoenix mission landing site conditions in their lab and determined that Martian salts must interact with ice to make liquid water. FULL STORY: http://goo.gl/mqEnjD
02 July 2014, 04:34 PM ET
It may seem impossible that water could flow on the frigid surface of Mars, but a new study in a simulated Red Planet environment shows that a type of salt there may melt the ice it touches.
02 July 2014, 03:30 PM ET
Powerful radio signals that Jupiter generates could be used to help researchers scan its giant moons for oceans that could be home to extraterrestrial life, according to a recent study submitted to the journal Icarus.
02 July 2014, 11:56 AM ET
Hydra, the sea serpent; Virgo, the maiden; and Ursa Major, the big bear can all be seen in the night sky right now. Hydra lies mainly in the southwestern part of the sky.